Cpl. Brian Covington with the Albany Police Department mounts an “open and empty” sign to the inside of a door at Subway on South Slappey Boulevard. (Staff photo: Jim West)
ALBANY — In an effort to deter business burglaries, the Albany Police department is urging local business owners to take their “Open and Empty” pledge to keep no cash overnight. Officers were walking door to door this past week to garner support for the program.
“The signs we’re handing out are so the would-be burglars know the businesses are committed to leaving their cash drawers open and empty overnight,” said Cpl. Brian Covington with the Crime prevention, community relations unit of the Albany Police Department. “It says to the burglars ‘there’s no need for you to break our windows to try to get in here.’”
Covington said the program is a response to the overnight break-ins taking place throughout the city and the damage done when thieves gain entrance.
“We want the people of Albany to know that when it comes to crime, your police department cares. We do care,” Covington said.
In addition, the APD will provide officer escorts, Covington said, for cash trips to the bank any time of the day or night.
“If a business is getting ready to close, and would like a police escort to the bank, all they have to do is call and we’ll send someone over,” Covington said. “We’ll provide one in the morning, too.”
According to Covington, “quite a few” of the open and empty signs have been printed and are provided free of charge to be placed in business windows. Business owners or managers may request the signs by calling the Albany Police Department at (229) 431-2100.